Soccer-Nomads 'had to turn blind eye' to ill players, says manager

Sept 18 (Reuters) - Connah’s Quay Nomads manager Andy Morrison said he had to “turn a blind eye” to players who showed up unwell for Thursday’s Europa League game against Dinamo Tbilisi as he had already lost four members of the squad due to COVID-19.

Three players had to be withdrawn prior to the second round qualifier after testing positive for COVID-19 while a fourth showed symptoms and was excluded as a precaution.

“Three lads have turned up tonight and they’re not well,” Morrison told British media after the Welsh champions’ 1-0 defeat at the Racecourse Ground.

“And it’s like, ‘Lads I don’t want to hear it. I can’t hear it tonight that you’re ill ... Let’s just get through it’.

“I’ve been told that before the game and we’ve had to turn a blind eye to it and then you would have never noticed that anyone there tonight wasn’t feeling great.” (Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford )